Bandai Namco Entertainment has released a new trailer for Tekken 8 which unveils a handful of legacy characters officially joining the starting roster. This includes Alisa Bosconovich, Lee Chaolan, Zafina, Panda and Devil Jin, who is confirmed to be a separate playable fighter to Jin. Additionally, Bandai Namco also revealed that the last two fighters will be announced tomorrow on 2 November.
The new trailer for Tekken 8 is short and sweet, introducing the new fighters in quick succession. We didn’t get individual gameplay trailers for any of the newly announced characters like previous trailers, though we can hopefully expect them to arrive soon as it counts down to the game’s January 2024 release.
As for the fighters, the android Alisa was first introduced in Tekken 6 and uses her nimble, robotic powers like flying and chainsaw arms to fight. Zafina was also introduced in Tekken 6 and stood out thanks to her unique, flexible fighting style that made her a complex character to learn. Lee Chaolan, the adopted son of Heihachi Mishima, was introduced in the original Tekken and has since appeared in almost every mainline game and spin-off. Finally, Devil Jin made his debut in Tekken 5; his fighting style is a bit more aggressive than Jin. Panda needs no introduction.
In related news, Bandai Namco detailed the Arcade Quest mode that will be available in Tekken 8. This will allow players to create their own avatars and compete in a virtual space designed after an arcade. Here, players can test their skills, practice and compete against other players as if they were playing at an arcade.
Tekken 8 was originally meant to launch this year but according to director Katsuhiro Harada, it collided with the release date of its biggest fighting game competitor, Street Fighter 6. Bandai Namco made the decision to shift the game’s release to early next year in order to avoid conflict and give its development team a bit more time to refine the game.
Tekken 8 launches on 26 January 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Make sure you check out the game’s various editions through our handy South African pre-order guide. Watch the latest trailer below:
Source: Bandai Namco